Rodrigo Bentancur will likely spend an extended period on the sidelines due to an ankle injury sustained during Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Aston Villa.
Making his first start for the club since recovering from a torn ACL in February, Bentancur had to leave the pitch after just 32 minutes following a contentious challenge from Villa full-back Matty Cash.
Sources have confirmed that scans on Bentancur’s ankle suggest a recovery time of at least two months. This setback compounds Spurs’ injury crisis, with several key players already unavailable due to injuries and suspensions.
One of Postecoglou’s significant worries is the limited midfield options during the Africa Cup of Nations, with the potential absence of both Sarr and Bissouma for nearly a month in January and February.
The only remaining senior midfielders at Spurs during this period will be Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Giovani Lo Celso, and the injured duo Maddison and Bentancur. Despite the severity of the situation, Postecoglou is opting to maintain an optimistic outlook.
“It is just the situation we’re in at the moment, but we’ll get through it,” he said after the defeat to Villa. “It might take a little while, but we’ll get through it and as long as we show the same intent and play the football we did today, I’ve got no doubt when we come out the other side, we’ll be a very good football team.”